Wolves’ Matt Doherty has elevated his game amidst recent Aurelio Buta links

This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets… 

Wolverhampton Wanderers kept their unbeaten run ticking on Sunday afternoon, which meant they matched a club-record streak from 1973.

The west Midlanders needed to ride their luck slightly as Sheffield United really should have scored more than just their second-minute opener from Lys Mousset – the visitors recorded more shots on target with four.

Right wing-back Matt Doherty turned out to be the saving grace as he headed home a cross from striker Raul Jimenez halfway through the second period.

It means Wolves are now unbeaten in nine matches in the Premier League.

The recent form of their goalscorer has been imperative to that run continuing, none more so than in the last three games.

Matt Doherty Premier League stats

The 27-year-old, who is valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, endured a somewhat slow start to his campaign having suffered ongoing knee problems right up until last month.

But Doherty has appeared to elevate his game back to how Wolves fans know him, or even in some circumstances, well past that.

In the build-up to the January transfer window, the club have been linked to Royal Antwerp right-back Aurelio Buta, and while it is no secret that they need some added depth in the role especially with Adama Traore lighting it up further forward, he could be seen as a viable option in his own right.

Man of the Match vs Sheffield United?

Ruben Neves

Ruben Neves

Matt Doherty

Matt Doherty

Adama Traore

Adama Traore

Raul Jimenez

Raul Jimenez

The Portugal U20 international has progressed through every age group for his nation and was named in the European U19 Championship Team of the Tournament for 2016.

Doherty is now in the form of his life after netting his 20th goal in four seasons, surely he has been spurred on by the prospect of his manager Nuno Santo adding some healthy competition to his position.

Per SofaScore, Irishman amassed 100 touches on the ball on Sunday and three successful dribbles but his performances over the last three games up that onto another notch.

He has managed two key passes, six tackles, four clearances and has won a total of 15 aerial duels, via WhoScored, proving to be a nuisance at either end of the pitch.

Doherty’s partnership with Traore along the right flank has been imperative to Nuno’s fortunes.

Long may it continue.

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